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5 things we know about 'Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them'

Jessicha Valentina

The Jakarta Post

Jakarta  /  Fri, September 30, 2016  /  11:37 am
5 things we know about 'Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them'

This image released by Warner Bros. Pictures shows Eddie Redmayne in a scene from "Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them". (Warner Bros. Pictures via AP/Jaap Buitendijk)

Harry Potter fans can rejoice as Warner Bros. released the official trailer for Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them on Wednesday.

Potterheads may have read the book, which was published under the same title in 2001. However, the movie doesn't tell us only about magical beasts. As a spin-off from Harry Potter, the movie follows the adventures of a fictional character, Newt Scamander (Eddie Redmayne), in America.

After watching the official trailer, these are the five things we can conclude.

(Read also: 6 book-to-movie adaptations to watch this year)

The movie is set in New York

You're not going to see Hogwarts School of Witchcraft and Wizardry in the movie. Scamander is on a stop-over trip in New York to meet the US Magical Congress before the problems occur.

American wizards use different slang

Since 1997, Harry Potter fans have been familiar with muggle, a term coined by J. K. Rowling meaning the non-wizarding community. However, Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them's trailer shows that the Americans call the community non-majs.

1920s background

The story takes place in 1926, one year before Scamander published the textbook that Harry Potter and his friends use in Hogwarts. Expect to see iconic 1920s fashion styles, such as beaded flapper dresses and cloche hats in the movie.

The plot involves a muggle

If the Harry Potter plot revolves around the wizarding world, the Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them story begins after Scamander encounters a muggle named Jacob Kowalski (Dan Fogler). Kowalski unknowingly opens Scamander's magical briefcase, which leads to magical creatures escaping.

The appearance of magical creatures

As the title implies, the movie involves a number of magical creatures, such as the Niffler, a rodent-like creature with a long snout and a black coat, and the Bowtruckle, a small twig-like animal. It will be interesting to see how Scamander tries to tame them to maintain peace in the world.  

Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them is slated to grace cinemas worldwide on Nov. 18. (kes)

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